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Lao Airlines Orders 2 ATR 72-600s

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Vientiane-based carrier Lao Airlines has signed a contract for the purchase of 2 ATR 72-600s, valued at US$ 47 million at catalogue price.

 These two new aircraft will be added to Lao Airlines' current fleet of 4 ATR 72-500s.

The airline is in the midst of expanding its fleet in order to increase frequency on existing routes and to open new destinations in the surrounding region.

The arrival of these two 70-seat ATR 72-600s will help the airline to maintain its position as the preferred premium airline in Laos.

The ATR 72-600 will be equipped with a new full-glass cockpit and new Giugiaro-designed cabin interiors, and will be powered by PW 127M engines.

 Deliveries of these two aircraft will take place late in 2012 and in 2013.

The President of Lao Airlines, Dr Somphone Douangdara, said, The acquisition of these two aircraft aims at maintaining a modern fleet and upgrading the level of onboard services. In addition to superb services, the airline saves time and money by having a young fleet. With the ATR 72-600's operational reliability and cabin comfort, we want to offer better access for the Laotian travelling public and make them feel easy to fly.

ATR 72-600

Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power per engine
Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 kg
Maximum load: 7,500 kg
Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 km)

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